A friend just had a baby with a man she is no longer dating. He has signed the birth certificate. Though he originally agreed to child support
, he has neither sent her any support over the course of the pregnancy, nor has he paid anything or bought anything since the baby was born three weeks ago. The baby's mother
filed a petition with the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division to establish and collect child support. When the father received the notice, he and his father began threatening
to sue for full custody or, if that didn't work, joint custody
so that he "wouldn't have to pay child support." The words in quotes are his words. His father, the grandfather, has told the mother if she will just drop the suit and trust them, that they will provide her with a car and will take care of the baby financially. Is this illegal? It sounds like he's trying to bribe her into dropping the case. They are extremely hostile even going so far as to tell her if she doesn't stop posting certain things on Facebook (none of the posts calling them out or personally aimed at them) that it will come back to "bite [her] in the ass." The baby is three weeks old and is a breastfed baby. The mother is terrified he will get joint custody when he hasn't even visited the baby once even though she's offered to let him see the baby any time he wants. The baby's father's parents want visitation
on their terms, never being willing to work with the baby's mother and sent her a text this weekend that said to let them know "when [she] wasn't so damn busy."